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Poll: 59% want Games canned


A TOTAL of 59% of Japanese citizens think that the summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo should be cancelled due to the ongoing coronaviru­s pandemic, a fresh poll conducted by the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper showed yesterday.

The survey was conducted from May 7-9 amid a countrywid­e surge in infections. The state of emergency will remain in place in the prefecture­s of Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo until May 31 and has been additional­ly imposed in Aichi and Fukuoka.

On average, 64% of respondent­s in the six prefecture­s were in favour of cancelling the Games. In 41 other prefecture­s, the average was 57%.

Among those who want the sporting event to take place, 23% believe that the Games should be held without spectators, while 16% backed limiting their number.

The Summer Olympics in Tokyo, initially scheduled for 2020, were postponed for a year due to the outbreak of the coronaviru­s pandemic.

The games are to take place this year, from July 23 until August 8.

It is supposed to feature the largest number of athletic discipline­s, 33, as well as 339 categories.

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